Friday, August 31, 2012

The One With The New Addition

I know I've been away for a few days.  I have been so busy.  We are starting a new assessment program for our district.  We are switching to the assessment program by Discovery Education.  So I had a bunch of tutorials to watch.  I tried to watch them at home but I couldn't get them to work.  All of us first grade teachers got together to watch them at school.  We didn't get to see the assessment in action.  We just learned how to set it up.

Then I got a new puppy.  That has been taking up a lot more of my time.  He's adorable though.  His name is Migo (short for Amigo).  He's a 7 week old Chihuahua.  Here he is here:
He's chewing on my laptop as I type this.  He's really sweet and laid back.  

I hope you are all entering my "50 Follower Giveaway!"  I am now up to 71 followers.  That is so exciting!  I've had 134 entries so far.  There are still 4 days left so spread the word.  He's a link to the post: The One With A Giveaway.

I had something else I wanted to post about but it has slipped my mind.  Dang it!  Old age strikes again!  

Well, I hope you all enjoy your wonderful 3 day weekend.  I know I will!  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The One With A Giveaway

I decided to start this a little early.  I'm too excited.  I am starting my 50 follower giveaway (even though I'm at 45 followers right now).  It's a Rafflecopter giveaway.  All you need to do is follow my blog (if you already do there's 1 point for you), leave me a comment on this post stating you follow my blog (that's another 1 point) and lastly for 25 points blog about my giveaway.

Now on to what I am giving away.  It is a $25 gift certificate to Teachers pay Teachers.  The giveaway will last for one week (starting now and ending Sept. 4th).  So start filling up those carts! :)

Here's the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I would like to thank Greg at Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten for helping me out and blogging about me in his latest post.  I appreciate the support.  If you haven't checked out his blog head on over there.  He's a fun guy and has lots of great ideas that work for other grades than just kindergarten.
Lastly, I just realized that when I posted my Domino Math Center freebie the other day I didn't set it so everyone can have it.  It has been fixed so get over there and get the freebie.  I also have it posted on my Teachers pay Teachers store if you would like to go that route.

***Just checked and I am now up to 47 followers!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The One With A New Blog Button

Thanks to Lindsey at Teaching Blogging Basics for helping me create my new button.  I love it.  The clip art is from Scrappin' Doodles and the fonts are by Kevin and Amanda.  It was really easy to make thanks to Lindsey's awesome tutorial and the use of PowerPoint.
So go ahead and grab my new button now!!  LOL

Well, another Monday down.  Today was a pretty great day.  The kiddos were awesome and ready to work.  I am down a student today so that brings my number to 20.  That is a much easier number to work with.  I didn't mind having 21 but it's easier to set-up groups when you have an even number.

To top off my wonderful Monday... I'm feeling 90% better.  I am still a little congested but over all I'm feeling pretty good.  I did bite my tongue this morning when I sneezed.  That didn't feel great.  It made eating tonight a very painful task too.

My blog followers are at 38 as of this post.  I am thinking about doing a give away when I reach 50 followers.  I was thinking about doing a gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers.  If any one has any tips to get me to 50 followers faster than I'm going now, please let me know.  I'm still pretty new to blogging so advice would be greatly appreciated.

I would also like to thank the 38 followers I do have.  I love hearing your comments and words of encouragement.

Hope you all have a great night!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The One Where I'm Sick.... and a Freebie

This is going to be a short post because I have been so sick. Okay, I think I might be a little over dramatic with that. I have been sick. It started with a sore throat and now my nose is all congested. It's getting better thanks to ibuprofen and nasal congestion medicine.

Even though I have been under the weather I did get time to head up to my classroom and get copies made. I also made it to Wal-Mart to buy lunch food for the week.

Now I have been trying to plan out math centers. I tried to do it yesterday but I felt so poopy that not much got done. I did get one center done so far. We are starting our chapter on adding numbers to 8. We will also review ordering numbers to 20.

I have put together a domino math center. It is my freebie. I really excited about getting time to sit and plan out goodies for my class (and my fellow bloggers). The fonts are provided by Kevin and Amanda.


Friday, August 24, 2012

The One With A New Carpet

Another week is done.  After 2 weeks of school the students are finally starting to pay attention more and be a lot less talkative.  This class is so much different than my last 2 years.  They don't really care about learning and would rather just draw and do easy things.   They also seem a little less mature than my class last year.

I are finally getting them on track with routines and the schedule.  This is making my life so much easier.  Hopefully, next week will go a lot more smoothly than the last two weeks.  I really do like my class though.  There are some real sweeties!

Along with my second week of school being completed, I finally got my new carpet yesterday.  I was so excited.  I forgot what it looked like because I picked it at the end of last year.  However, I LOVE IT!
Sorry that the picture quality is so horrible.  I took the photo on my iPod Touch.  My Droid X2 takes way better pictures than my iPod.  I didn't realize the picture quality was so bad until I emailed it to myself.  Oh well!

I missed a few days of Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week linky party but I thought that I would do the Freebie Friday.  I started it on Monday but got super busy and didn't get time to do the rest.  Opps!
Well, for Freebie Friday I thought I would share my homework folder's "stays at home/bring back to school" labels that I put inside each student's folder.  This way they can see the house and know if stays at home, and the bus so they know it needs to come back to school.  It's pretty basic but it gets the job done.  

I print them out and I use packaging tape (which I should have put on my Monday Must-haves because I use it all the time) to tape the labels inside each side of their folder.  I get the packaging tape from Dollar Tree.  Sorry I don't have any pictures of their folders.

Here is your freebie

Have a great night!

Monday, August 20, 2012

The One With The Monday Must-haves

I'm linking up with the Blog Hoppin' linky party: Monday Must-haves.   
1.  I have to start every morning with an iced coffee.  I make it myself.  I love Eight O'Clock coffee.  They make the best coffee. 

2.  My Cool Gear 24-ounce Double Wall Chiller cup.  I absolutely love these cups.  I have three of them.  Well, technically I have two.  I dropped one in my classroom and the lid broke.  I was so mad but then I bought a new one and I felt better.  I get them at Wal-Mart and they are only $4.96 each.  I actually put my iced coffee in my chiller cup.
3.  BINDERS!!  I love binders.  I have several different binders in my room that I use all the time.  I have a teacher binder that holds all my important stuff: documents, class list, calendar, to do lists, etc.  I have another one that is my data notebook.  I am also going to have one for my Pensieve (you'll know what I'm talking about if you do Cafe).
4.  Tul brand pens.  These pens are great.  They are a little expensive but they write so nicely.  I use the blue and I use them all the time.  I only keep one out at a time so I can make sure that people are walking off with all of them.  

5.  Post-its!!  I use them all the time to write EVERYTHING on.  I know you can also print on them but I have yet to do it.  I am a Post-it hoarder.  I have many different styles and colors.  The sit in a basket on at my table.
If you would like to link up to tell about all of your must-haves, hop over to Blog Hoppin'

I can't wait to see what your must-haves are.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The One With The Allergies

What a crazy week!  Of course, it was the first week of school so I knew what was in store.  It flew by but I was never able to catch up.

I have to go in tomorrow to get ready for next week.  I have a ton of copies to make.  There was no time to get anything done.  It's funny how I go in at 7:00 every morning (we don't actually start till 7:45) and leave school after 4:00 and nothing more gets done.  Only what needs to be done right away.  I get no time to prepare.

Our state went to the A-F grading system.  Our school, unfortunately, got a D for last year.  Now the district is deciding everything we do.  They made our schedules, increased our intervention time, and took away most of our "special" classes.  We no longer have computers and library time has been cut down to 15 minutes a week.    

We now have 1 hour of each reading and math interventions, 2 hours of reading, and an hour and a half of math.  This also left use with no time for recess.  Apparently, they never read the study done last year that determined students did better when they got 15 minutes of recess in the morning and afternoon.

Anyway, it's a little frustrating to see that they think quantity is over ruling quality.  But most of the people in the big offices have never been in a classroom (at least not anytime recently).

Sorry, I had to vent a little.  LOL.

Because of the craziness at school, nothing got done at home all week.  I actually enjoy cleaning (crazy, I know!) but I was too tired to do any of it.  Today was my "catch-up at home" day.  I also have been having extreme allergies and I ran out of allergy medication a few days ago.  I haven't had a ton of time or energy to get more.  I finally made it to the store today to stock up.  I'm feeling a lot better now.  My eyes have stopped feeling itchy and watering.  I've stopped sneezing uncontrollably and I feel a lot less congested.  Aww! the miracle of Zyrtec!

Well, I need to finish the bathroom and then the dishes so I can relax with a glass of wine.

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, August 13, 2012

The One With The Back To School Jitters

I know! I'm posting again but I could resist to take part in Ms. Jessica at A Turn to Learn's linky party.  Since I had just completed another first day of school today, I thought this linky party would be great.  It's to share my back to school jitters.

Here it is!

There you go.  If you would like to participate, and I hope you do, click on the following link.
Back to School Jitters Linky Party

I can't wait to see what all your first day jitters are!

The One Where I'm Mentally and Physically Exhausted

Phew!  I am so tired.  Today was the first day of school and it was good and bad.  I had 1 student not show up (apparently she moved) and got 2 new students after getting all students in the class.  We have breakfast in the classroom so I was going over that and trying to collect supplies.  Then I had to get the 2 new kiddos set-up.  It was crazy!

Then we had an assembly at 8:30 so I had to get the kiddos prepared for that.  The whole morning just seemed so rushed.  After the assembly, though, things ran so much smoother.  Although,  I was behind schedule the whole day.

And... I never got my carpet put in my room so the students had to sit on the hard floor.  I need to find out what's going on with it.  I can't remember if I've talked about my carpet before.  At the end of last year the school bought me and the first grade teacher across the hall new carpets (I love them.  They are so cool).  Well, when the secretary ordered them she forgot to get the skid resistant backing on them.  They had to order it and it wasn't there in time when school started.  They told me that they were going to put them in our rooms so we can use them until the backing came in.  Apparently not!!

Then to top off the craziness, I had one of the rudest students... EVER! on the first day of school.  He would not do his work, and talked and interrupted constantly.  I have never had to move a child's stick on the first day of school.  I got fed up with it after lunch and made him move his stick.

Other than that, it went well.  I have some pretty sweet children.  I also have a few talkers but I knew they were coming.  I have them every year!  LOL

I even had to treat myself to a Lemonberry Slush from Sonic on  my home.  Now I'm relaxing and watching the closing ceremony of the Olympics from last night.  I DVR-ed it because I couldn't watch it yesterday because I had way too much stuff to do for today.

I'm so glad the first day is done!!!  It's time to get my relaxation on!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The One With Pictures... Finally

I finally have pictures of my room!  I have been trying to put them on here for about an hour but I was having internet problems.  Well, that has all been solved so here are the pictures.  My room is pretty much done but I still have some small things to finish.  They are going to have to wait until Monday.  Tomorrow is my relax day (and my birthday) before the crazy first week of school.

Anyway, without further ado... here are the pics
 This is my calendar area.  I used magnetic holders (green on the left, blue on the right) I bought from Dollar Tree to hold all my stuff I need for calendar.  I actually peeled off the magnets and just stapled to the wall.  The orange/green thing on the right is my bathroom passes.  I got them from Clutter-Free Classroom.  They were one of her free Blackline Design Teacher Tips.  Unfortuanatly, they are no longer free but with the upcoming sale at Tpt, you can get them for 28% off.
 This is my Daily 5 board.  The cute posters I got free from Ginger Snaps Tpt store.
 The board on the left is my Cafe board.  These posters are part of the same set I got from Ginger Snaps.  On the door is my Home Card pocket chart.  Each student has a card that they must give to me before they can leave to go home.  This way I am able to keep track of them and I know that I saw them leave.  I just use index cards (the colored ones came from Dollar Tree) that I laminate.
 This one doesn't really have any thing for me to explain.  I think I've talked about it before in a previous post.
This is part of the computer center.  Someone stole 2 of my chairs and we have no more of that size in our building's storage.  
 This is my magnetic word work center.  The students will get to use magnetic letters to practice their spelling words or sight words.
 My small group/teacher table.  This is the table that I talked about in my last post.  I bought a calendar from Dollar Tree (yes, I buy a lot from Dollar Tree).  It is meant to go in a binder.  I taped the sleeve part to the table and I just slide out the calendar part.  This way I can keep track of when I test the students on fluency, sight words, and what ever needs to be worked on for math.
This my Promethean Board.  The green thing on the right is a shoe holder.  It holds our voters that go to the Promethean Board.

Alright, that was it.  Exciting wasn't it!?  LOL.  I guess I am ready for the first day of school on Monday.  Wish me luck!

Friday, August 10, 2012

The One With No Pictures

I know, I know! I promised you all pictures a few days ago and I had every intention of delivering. Well, I have been super busy. We have had so many meetings so any free time was spent trying to get my room set up.

I held a Meet The Teacher night on Thursday. Only 7 of my 20 showed up. It was nice getting to meet the few that did come. From what I've heard from the parents, I'm going to have a lot of talkers... again!

I think the world is getting back at me by giving me so many talkers each year because when I was in school, I was a talker. The parents of the "talkers" seemed like great parents and will work with me.

Another thing that has happened is the only other male classroom teacher at our school has left. He took another job at a school in our district. So now it's just me and a whole bunch of women. I think I will survive, though. ;)

Since he was leaving, I asked for his horseshoe table. It is smaller than the one I had. Plus, the center part of the my table was narrow so my desk chair had to be crammed into it. It was just all very tight.

He said that the other teacher wanted it so I wouldn't be able to get it. Then a half hour later the other teacher said she didn't want it and that it was all mine! I was so excited! Getting rid of my teacher desk has started a domino effect with our first grade team. 

After I decided to, the teacher across the hall decided to. Then after getting the new(er) table, the teacher next door decided to take my old horseshoe table and get rid of her desk. I've created a monster!!!

Well, I won't promise but I will try my best to get pictures when I go in tomorrow. We start school on Monday. I can't believe it is already starting. Crazy! I know some of you are already back and I praise you for it.

Have a great night!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The One Where You May Need To Pin

I have spent my first day back at school.  We had a work day.  I got a lot done.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos.  Bad Mr. Michelbook!!!

I promise to get some up tomorrow.

I wanted to post about a contest that Mel at Frog Spot is having.  You could win a full year membership to Graphics From The Pond.  It's super simple!

Head over there and get your contest on!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The One With The Middle Finger

Today I'm participating in Greg Smedley's "Kids Say The Darndest Things!" linky party.  Well, my story doesn't really have a lot to do with what a student said, it's more of what the student did.

I was in the middle of my student teaching.  I was student teaching  in a kindergarten classroom.   The class was great!

One morning, my mentor teacher and I were on the playground watching the kids at recess.  We were both chatting as we were watching the kiddos and one girl from our class come up and said "Marissa hurt her finger."  So we told her that if it's that big of a deal then Marissa needs to come over and tell us herself.

My mentor and I started chatting again for about 5 minutes.  Then little Marissa walks up and stands in front of us.  I asked her what she needs and she puts her hand on her hip, pushes her hip out, and flips us off.
We were both stunned.  We probably didn't say anything for like a full minute, all the while this little girl is standing there with her Diva pose and her middle finger sticking up.

So then my mentor asked her, "Is there more to this story?" and then she proceeded to tell us the story of she hurt finger.

I had to turn away because I started laughing.  Marissa's finger was fine so we sent her on her way to go back playing.  After she left, we had a pretty good laugh.

Thanks Greg for allowing me to share that story with everyone.  If you would like to link up.  Click his button.

Smedley’s Smorgasboard of Kindergarten

I also wanted to post some pictures of the progress in my room.  The rest of this post will be mostly pictures with a little text.  Here goes!

This is my jar that I use for our Caught Being Good Tickets!  I just use tickets that can be bought at Dollar Tree.  I think there are 250 in the pack.  After I "catch" a student doing something good then I give them a ticket.  They write their name on the back and throw it in the jar.  I draw 5 names each Friday.  Then those students get to pick from my treasure chest.  I keep all the tickets in there from week to week.
 View from the door.  It's looking a little less messy.
 I had to redo this bulletin board (if you remember it was all black).  Well, last year my air conditioner kept leaking.  Far as I know it's fixed now.  Anyway, the black paper was all messed up from getting wet  so I decided to cut out that portion and put new black paper up.  Only... guess what??  We were out of black paper so I went with red.  I was a little mad at first but it's growing on me.

 I've been reducing a lot of my clutter from my teacher desk.  It's getting much better.  I've been organizing things into bins.  It's getting there! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 3, 2012

The One With An August Currently

I've always wanted to do one of the currently linkies.  I'm pretty excited about it.
Here it is:

If you would like to link up, head on over to Oh' Boy 4th Grade

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The One Where It's Snowballed

I don't have a lot to give today.  I just wanted to check in and post a few pics of what I got done today.  I stopped at Target on my way home and got this Sterilite storage cart to hold some of the stuff that would usually go in my desk. And! it was only $10!!
Sterilite Medium Storage Cart Turquoise.Opens in a new window

I might go back for another one.  Okay, Okay, I will go back for another one.  I got all my computers set-up.  I have decided since I still need my desktop computer, I put it at the end of the kids computer center.  You can see my chair way over on the right side.  My computer is different from the student computers and my chair will be there so the students will know it is off limits.
For some odd reason, my district has not been able to figure out how to get my laptop to print in my room.  It prints but I don't know where.  Printing is the only thing I use my desktop computer for.  I moved my filing cabinet over to the side of the center and I'm going to use it for the kids to do word work or something with math by using magnetic letters or numbers.

This next picture is the rest of the mess of my room.  I have been taking everything out of the cabinets, drawers, and shelves so I can reorganize it all.  I am also taking down and redoing all the bulletin boards.
It looks a little crazy but it's in progress.  I need some help moving some of the bookcases and tables.  No one was around today to help me move it so it all is just sitting there ready to be moved.  That's why I had to stop today.  I need to start opening boxes and getting stuff placed but I can't do that until the furniture is where it needs to be.  Maybe tomorrow I can get my roommate to help me move the furniture.  

It's funny to think that yesterday when I walked into my room my plan was just to leave it the way it was and  put everything back where it was last year.  Then I decided to get rid of my desk and then it snowballed into a whole room makeover.  I'll keep you all updated on the progress.